Autumn 2002

Harry Browne  Barrier methods

How the Irish state uses racial profiling to control immigration at its borders [reportage]

Ciaran Carson  In the ear of the beholder

George Petrie and the Irish musical tradition [review-essay]

Seamus Heaney  Sixth sense, seventh heaven

On writing, and revising, ‘Squarings’ [essay]

Michael Hofmann  On translating Joseph Roth

Fourteen years and seven books on, a translator writes about bringing a master into English [essay]

Molly McCloskey  On getting paid to read the TLS

A year and a half reading periodicals and ‘spending all day writing things that never get into print’ [journal]

Derek Mahon  Yeats and the lights of Dublin

From ‘gloomy, Victorian’ Belfast, a young poet feels the lure of literary Dublin [memoir]

Christopher Matthews  Five poems

‘Nanny’, ‘Husband’, ‘Wife’, ‘Child and Mother’, ‘Poet’

Eunan O’Halpin  What the British knew

Newly published documents show that British intelligence in the War of Independence was more robust than generally believed [review-essay]

Caitríona O’Reilly  Purple murder

The fictions of Eoin McNamee [essay]

Keith Ridgway  Firstly

An extract from The Parts

Jennifer Varney  Flight path

An invasion of migratory birds, and ‘some kind of emergency’ for a man and a woman [fiction]